A Different Kind of War: The UN Sanctions Regime in Iraq

A Different Kind of War: The UN Sanctions Regime in Iraq by H. C. von Sponeck 1845452224 9781845452223
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At a time when the international community is again threatening some countries with sanctions, this book comes as a warning. It should be mandatory reading for all those politicians and their foreign-policy advisors who continue to consider sanctions an effective form of policy. The author not only offers us a critical, lucid, and well-informed survey of political developments in Iraq, but also a heart-rending account of the suffering of the Iraqi people. It was they who bore the brunt of the 13-years sanctions, while the members of Saddams regime continued to live in luxury and accumulate huge fortunes.

H.-C. von Sponeck, the former "UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq," explores the UNs sanction policies against Iraq, their consequences, and the domestic conditions during this period. His extensive research is based on previously unpublished internal UN documents and discussions with UN decision makers (such as General Secretary Kofi Annan), Iraqi officials and politicians (including Saddam Hussein), and ordinary Iraqis. The authors findings question who really benefited from the program, what role the UN Security Council and its various member states played, and whether there were then and are today alternatives to the UNs Iraq policies.

Author: H. C. von Sponeck

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 336

Publisher: Berghahn Books

Publication Date: 2006-09-15


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